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No. 12 – December 2015
  • Notes and Announcements
  • Eilene Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law
  • Recent National Space Lawmaking in the USA
  • IISL Highlight Paper 2016
  • Call for Nominations for 2016 IISL Awards
  • Questionnaire to IISL Members about LinkedIn
  • Members Announcements
  • Events Calendar
Notes and Announcements
  • The 10th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law will be held on December 9 at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC. There is a waiting list for this event - if you have already registered and will not attend, please de-register.
  • The inaugural IISL Highlight Paper Competition addressing the topic "The Outer Space Treaty - 1967-2017” is now open. Details below.
  • Photos from the recent IISL Colloquium in Jerusalem, along with photos from the Lachs world finals, can be viewed at a shared photo folder:
10th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium
on Critical Issues of Space Law

Through the Looking-Glass of Time
- What has Been Achieved and Where it Leads -

December 9, 2015
Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.

8:30am Coffee & Welcome
9:00am Program Starts

Made possible by the generous financial support of Arianespace Inc., Fish & Richardson P.C., Kymeta Corporation, the University of Nebraska College of Law, Space, Cyber & Telecom Law LL.M. Program, and the cooperation of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Program Summary
The IISL's 10th Annual Eilene Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues of Space Law's featured speaker to open the symposium will be U.S. Representative Brian Babin (Republican, Texas), Chairman of the Space Subcommittee, House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Representative Babin will speak about H.R. 2262.

The Symposium will involve remarks by Keynote Speakers to provide insight into the evolution of accomplishments, plans, and policies of two key US government agencies.
  • Sumara Thompson-King, General Counsel, NASA
  • Doug Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy
The Galloway Symposium also will include panel discussions by distinguished experts on the evolution and future challenges of key topics related to activities in outer space. The topics for the panel discussion will be:
  • Space Technology
  • Space Business – Models, Finance & Risk Management
  • US Space Policy
  • US and International Regulation

Recent National Space Lawmaking in the USA
On November 25, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the so-called Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262).
The law encompasses four titles:
  1. Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (acronym: SPACE)
  2. Commercial Remote Sensing
  3. Office of Space Commerce
  4. Space Resource Exploration and Utilization.
Title I essentially amends the Commercial Space Launch Act, amongst others as regards jurisdictional and liability issues, as well as governmental astronauts flying on commercial vehicles. Title II amends the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act. Title III re-labels the existing Office of Space Commercialization as Office of Space Commerce and rephrases its purposes, and Title IV addresses in a preliminary fashion space resource exploitation.
The Act repeatedly refers to the obligations under international space law resting upon the United States, which the Act and its further implementation and regulation is to comply with, including more particularly a reference to the lack of applicability of territorial sovereignty to outer space as per Article II of the Outer Space Treaty, and the need to authorize and supervise relevant space activities by the private sector further to Article VI of that Treaty. 

The IISL will continue to study the development of national space legislation, and plans to publish a statement on resource use under space law in the near future.

IISL Highlight Paper 2016

In the course of the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, the IISL confirmed its approval to sponsor an Annual Highlight Paper. 2015-2016 is the first year a Highlight Paper will be selected.

All practitioners and non-student academics with a minimum of five (5) years of space law experience will be eligible; further details of eligibility and process can be obtained from the IISL Secretariat. The Deadline for submission of papers is March 1, 2016.

The reviewers for the first year are IISL Publications Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Marietta Benkö and Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, and Directorate of Studies Member Dr. Steven Freeland. In recognition of the approaching 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, the Board selected "The Outer Space Treaty 1967-2017" as the subject of the 2015-2016 paper.

Details at:

Call for Nominations for 2016 IISL Awards
As you are aware, the IISL recognizes eminent and extraordinary contributions and services to the field of space law, and for advancing the broader objectives of the Institute through prestigious IISL annual awards.

The annual awards are in four categories
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Award of Appreciation
  • Certificate of Gratitude
The Institute calls for Nominations in prescribed forms for 2016 IISL Awards in the above categories to be sent before the deadline of January 30, 2016.

Nominations must be submitted electronically to by filling and e-mailing the prescribed form, and providing all the required information and documentation.

Nomination forms and eligibility criteria for each category, and the procedure for nominations can be accessed on the IISL external website under "awards and competitions", at The list of past awardees can also be found on the same page.

As the scope of the IISL Awards is global and is not limited to IISL members, all members are urged to actively participate and nominate. 


Questionnaire to All Members about LinkedIn

This is a very short questionnaire from the IISL's Public Relations Including Social Media Committee to determine the benefits of using the LinkedIn Group account for IISL Members.

We would appreciate it very much if you could answer the following questions.

To answer, merely copy and paste the following questions into an email and mail your response to:  
  1. Do you have a profile on LinkedIn? Yes No (If “No” please proceed to Question 5)
  2. Are you a Member of the IISL LinkedIn Group? Yes No (If “No” please proceed to Question 5)
  3. Do you use your membership of the LinkedIn Group? Often Sometimes Rarely Never (If “Never” please proceed to Question 5)
  4. Please add any information or further details you would like to convey to us:  ________________________
  5. Could you indicate for what purposes you used your membership of the IISL LinkedIn Group?  _________________________
  6. Could you provide any suggestions as to what would make you use the IISL LinkedIn Group (more often)? _________________________
  7. Would you have any (other) suggestions or comments with respect to the IISL LinkedIn Group? _________________________
Thank you very much for your cooperation!

Frans von der Dunk
Chair, IISL Public Relations Including Social Media Committee

Members Announcements

  • Steven Freeland has been appointed by the Australian Government to undertake a 12-month review of Australia’s space laws/regulations. Details are issued by the Australian Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science: IISL members interested in following the process or making a submission as part of the public consultation process may consult:
  • P.J. Blount contributed a chapter titled “Remote Sensing Law: An Overview of Its Development and Its Trajectory in the Global Context” to the recently published three volume Remote Sensing Handbook edited by Prasad Thenkabail and published by Taylor & Francis:
  • Executive Secretary Diane Howard gave introductory remarks and a conference wrap-up at the recent Embry Riddle Aeronautical Academy Space Traffic Management Conference.
  • Joanne Gabrynowicz, Michael Mineiro, Steve Mirmina, and Chris Johnson were interviewed for an episode of the "Life of the Law" radio program entitled "Space Law 2.0". Listen at:

Events Calendar

  • December 9 - 10th Annual Eilene Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law, Cosmos Club, Washington, DC.
  • January 15 - Deadline for IISL Members to notify IISL Secretariat for their placement on the list of IISL Observer Delegates to the UN COPUOS 2016 Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (Feb 15-26 in Vienna, Austria).
  • January 22 (Lachs Moot Court) - Deadline for submission of requests for clarification from registered teams.
  • January 30 - Deadline for Nominations for 2016 IISL Awards.
  • January 31 (Lachs Moot Court) - Deadline for teams registrations in the Asia-Pacific, European, and North American rounds.
  • February 10 (Lachs Moot Court) - Deadline for the Author of the Moot Court Problem to give Clarifications of the facts.
  • February 12 (Lachs Moot Court) - Deadline for team registration for the African Regional Round.
  • March 1- Deadline for Submission of Papers to the IISL Highlight Paper competition.
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